The U18 side recorded victory on Saturday at Chapel Road, after coming from behind twice to defeat Shrewsbury Town and Youth Team Manager Danny Cadamarteri gave his thoughts on his side’s impressive win.
A Kane Badby double and a goal from Lewis McKinney secured the three points on the day for the Youth Team.
Latics fell behind twice in the game, before showing some strong character to turn things around in the second half.
After a slow start, Cadamarteri was proud to turn the game around with his team’s second half performance.
“We’ve started slow in recent weeks and started slow today and we didn’t seem to apply ourselves in our usual manner.” He said.
“But we turned that round in the second half which I was happy with and I think that was the contrast between the first and second half.”
One man who was instrumental in Latics’ second half turnaround was Badby, scoring twice, including the all-important winner, and Cadamarteri was extremely pleased with the youngster’s performance.
Badby is currently making the step up from U16s football which shows his performance was even more impressive against players who could be two years above him.
“He’s come in as an under 16 and been around the group for the last three or four weeks now and made a real impact.” He commented.
“He still has plenty to work on, but he’s come in and had a positive effect on the group, so I’m really pleased with him.”
Cadamarteri also heaped praise on his squad’s depth in the positive impact his substitutes made.
“In the second half we knew we got ourselves into a position where we could get something out of the game especially with the players we had on the bench.
“I was really happy with their impact and the whole second half performance.”
Next up for the Youth Team is a Lancashire FA Youth Cup tie with Burnley U18s tomorrow (Tuesday, September 23).